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Narrabri's 2018 Bush Bursary medical student

Student has his sights on a country practice

Deputy mayor Robert Kneale, left, welcomes Bush Bursary student Mitchell Morby.

Narrabri Shire recently welcomed Mitchell Morby, our new Bush Bursary medical student, to the area.

Mr Morby is a recipient of the NSW Rural Doctors Network Bush Bursary program which is funded and coordinated by individual councils.

Selected medical students must have an interest in rural practice and lifestyle and are provided with a $3,000 contribution towards their study costs.

In return, they spend two weeks on a placement in country NSW during their university holidays.

Mr Morby is a first-year medical student at the University of Wollongong but already has a sports science degree.

He’ll be working at the Narrabri Hospital, Boggabri Medical Centre, Bridge Medical Centre and with Wee Waa Community Health.

Sporting a big smile and strong handshake, Mr Morby was pleased to meet Deputy Mayor Robert Kneale on his first day before embarking on a jam-packed schedule under the guidance of local medical professionals.

“It’s the first time I’ve been here which is pretty cool,” said Mr Morby.

Born and raised in regional South Australia, Mr Morby said he’d witnessed first-hand the suffering that comes with a lack of healthcare services in rural towns and was passionate about helping people who “don’t already have that infrastructure around them to lead a healthy lifestyle.”